Schools Get Down to Business of Students


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Three districts select SAP software to improve business processes, sharpen focus on student achievement


Three districts select SAP software to improve business processes, sharpen focus on student achievement

Washington — June 1, 2005 — Clark County School District in Nevada and Minneapolis School District in Minnesota said they have selected financial, human capital management and procurement solutions from SAP's mySAP Business Suite to improve business process integration and better support educational initiatives.

In Florida, the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) also announced it will upgrade its existing SAP solutions to increase efficiencies in all of its operations while enabling a platform for future growth.

Driven by new legislative demands and severe budget deficits, public schools are compelled to show a tighter link between investments and their impact on student performance. Local school districts must find ways to ensure consistent reporting to state and federal agencies and improve the effectiveness of personnel so they can focus on delivering quality education.

The school boards said that by using public sector-specific offerings, including budget preparation, finance, human capital management and administration, their districts can make quicker budget decisions, provide accurate reporting and have stronger financial accountability. With a clearer view of how money is spent, the school districts can anticipate problems before they occur and reallocate funds to where they are needed.

"As school districts strive to close the achievement gap and make sure all students are proficient in math and reading, they must employ better ways to manage information and free up resources from time-consuming administrative tasks and apply them to the classroom," said Steve Peck, president, SAP Public Services Inc. "SAP provides levels of visibility across every school, allowing administrators and educators to best determine how to allocate funds for their particular needs, such as rapidly hiring the best qualified new teachers, executing modernization projects or implementing proven education methods."

Fastest-Growing School District

With more than 300 schools in the City of Las Vegas, Nev., Clark County School District (CCSD) is the fastest-growing school district in the nation To meet the academic and extracurricular needs of its student population of 280,800 and growing, the district has undertaken the nation's largest school construction and modernization program, facing new business requirements that its existing homegrown legacy software could not support.

CCSD selected payroll, human capital management and supplier management solutions from mySAP Business Suite to enable administrators to track and manage detailed financial requirements for the $3.7 billion modernization program to accurately determine whether each facility should be renovated or replaced and to optimize scheduling of each project.

In order to tie the school district's systems together, CCSD will use the SAP NetWeaver platform for better strategic decision making, supporting the district's 32,161 employees.

Increasing Efficiency for Changing Educational Needs

The Minneapolis School District, home to more than 39,000 students, is replacing disparate legacy systems that have made it difficult to support financial planning and drive procurement processes across its 109 schools.

To improve productivity, the school district selected integrated human resources, payroll and procurement solutions from mySAP Business Suite to provide employees with real-time access to benefits, payroll and scheduling information. Additionally, administration and staff will use the software's Web-enabled capabilities to identify candidates most qualified for job openings, increase recruitment efficiency and enroll in professional development training.

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